This week: Moe, Larry and Curly get reinvented for the 21st century in "The Three Stooges," an old-school slapstick comedy directed by the Farrelly brothers.
Also new this week is the sci-fi action thriller "Lockout" starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, Mel Gibson in "Get the Gringo," Will Ferrell's Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre," the ensemble comedy "Friends with Kids," the quirky romantic dramedy "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and the Blu-ray debut of Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain" in celebration of the film's 60th anniversary.
'The Three Stooges'
Box Office: $44 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 50% Rotten
Storyline: Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) attempt to save their childhood orphanage and bumble their way into a murder plot as well as star on a reality TV show along the way. Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins and Larry David co-star in this PG-rated slapstick comedy directed by the Farrelly brothers and based on the original American comedy troupe.
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain "What's the Big Idea? A History of the Three Stooges."
We Say: Although the three leads do an excellent job of embodying their original counterparts, this resurrection of the Stooges tries to bring the "nyuk-nyuk" physical humor to a new millennium and winds up being every bit as painful as the trailer suggested. All the frantic slapping, tripping and boing-rattle-rattle sound effects might have been a gas during the Prohibition era and the Depression, but some 90 years later that joke just isn't funny any more.
Box Office: $14 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 37% Rotten
Storyline: Guy Pearce plays Snow, a renegade CIA agent falsely accused of murder who must infiltrate an orbiting prison 50 miles above Earth and rescue the President's daughter (Maggie Grace) to regain his freedom in this sci-fi action thriller.
Extras! The Unrated Edition DVD and Blu-ray both contain "Breaking into 'Lockout,'" which takes you behind the scenes on the production.
We Say: This spirited B-movie is reminiscent of John Carpenter's "Escape from New York" both in terms of plot and its wise-cracking lead tough guy, who channels Kurt Russell's Snake Plissken. Sometimes Snow's one-liners induce groans but Pearce's improvised banter with Grace doesn't miss a beat.
'Get the Gringo'
Box Office: $5 million (worldwide)
Rotten Tomatoes: 79% Fresh
Storyline: Mel Gibson plays a career criminal nabbed at the border who winds up in the dangerous Mexican prison community El Pueblito. There he teams up with a streetwise ten-year-old boy and his protective mother to take down a ruthless drug lord and grapple with corrupt cops.
Extras! Three on-set featurettes — "The Car Chase," "The Showdown" and "The Raid" — take you behind the curtain for the movie's biggest action sequences on the DVD and Blu-ray.
We Say: Although not released theatrically in the United States, it's exciting to see Mad Mel in a new Thunderdome where traditional laws do not apply and one has to improvise and adapt in order to survive.
'Casa de mi Padre'
Box Office: $6 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 44% Rotten
Storyline: This Spanish-language comedy stars Will Ferrell as Armando Alvarez, a rancher who has lived and worked on his father's Mexican ranch his entire life but never got any respect from his padre. Instead, it went to Armando's drug-smuggling brother (Diego Luna), who returns home with a new fiancée (Sonia Genesis Rodriguez) and a deadly difference of opinion with the country's most feared drug lord, Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).
Extras! Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, featurettes and a music video.
We Say: Although the movie sometimes elicits cheap laughs as it pokes fun at shoddy Mexican dramas, there are long stretches that are played inexplicably straight, which gives this Spanish-flavored comedy experiment a wildly uneven tone.
'Friends with Kids'
Box Office: $7 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh
Storyline: Kristin Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris O'Dowd, Edward Burns, Megan Fox and Adam Scott star in this ensemble comedy about a close-knit group of friends whose lives change drastically after they have children. One couple's decision to have kids and then date outside their relationship prompts the group to question the nature of friendship, family and true love.
Extras! Listen to the interesting audio commentary by writer-director-actress Westfeldt and actor-producer Hamm, who are joined by director of photography Will Rexer II.
We Say: If you're still laughing after "Bridesmaids," this mini-reunion of some of its cast (Wiig, Rudolph, O'Dowd and Hamm) will keep your interest with its bawdy, sexually frank dialogue and characters that try to buck tradition and have it all.
'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'
Box Office: $9 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh
Storyline: Based on Paul Torday's acclaimed novel, this romantic dramedy stars Ewan McGregor as a scientist with Asperger's syndrome who tries to fulfill a sheikh's dream of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to Yemen. Emily Blunt stars as the sheikh's consultant, with whom McGregor falls in love, and Kristin Scott Thomas plays the British prime minister's press secretary who pushes McGregor to take on the project.
Extras! The DVD and Blu-ray contain a featurette on the book's author titled "The Fisherman in the Middle East: Novelist Paul Torday."
We Say: Featuring strong lead performances, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is a quirky charmer that swims ahead of other films in the genre.
'Singin' in the Rain' Blu-ray
Box Office: $7 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Fresh
Storyline: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds star in this beloved 1952 musical featuring lavish numbers, including Kelly's unforgettable song-and-dance routine in the rain.
Extras! This Blu-ray debut contains the all-new documentary "'Singin' in the Rain': Raining on a New Generation" as well as other vintage material. The Ultimate Collector's Edition boxed set even includes a 48-page hardcover book and a 40-inch umbrella in case you want to get "Glee"-ful and imitate Kelly during the next rain shower.
We Say: One of the best musicals ever made, "Singin' in the Rain" rains down on Blu-ray with a gorgeously remastered 4K transfer by Warner Bros. — a studio that cherishes its classics — for the film's 60th anniversary.
Also New This Week:
"The Butterfly Effect" Blu-ray
"High Noon" 60th Anniversary Blu-ray
"Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956) Blu-ray
"Operation Condor" Blu-ray
"A Perfect Murder" Blu-ray